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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Belgium 1970s
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MERELBEKE


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We lived in Belgium in the 1970s. Dad, Eric Hayles was working for Volvo Europa at Oostakker near Ghent and we moved into a house in the Verlorenbroodstraat in Merelbeke. We hope you enjoy our evocative photos of life in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent.

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GHENT/GENT BELGIUM


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We lived near the beautiful city of Ghent (Gent) in Belgium in East Flanders (Oost Vlaanderen) from 1974 till 1978, although dad was there for about another six years after that. We hope you enjoy some of our photo archive from those happy times.

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MERELBEKE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS


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Some of our wonderful neighbours and friends when we lived in Merelbeke. If you know any names that we haven't mentioned, please add them below the photo.

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DANSCLUB TERPSICHORE MERELBEKE


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Mum and dad had dancing lessons at the Dansclub Terpsichore in Hundelgemsesteenweg in 1977-78. These are pictures from one of their social functions.

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OUT AND ABOUT IN BELGIUM


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Our Welsh friends, the Davies Family


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We attended church at the Evangelisch Centruum, Burgstraat, Gent, where we got to know the wonderful Davies family from Wales (the clue was in the name!) Charles and Betty, Godfrey, Joseph and Noel. There were also two sisters who weren't in Belgium. Charles was an accomplished artists and signwriter. He once had a job painting the Coca Cola logo on lorries, so he must have been very good! He also painted a sign for our neighbours opposite which read "Bobinage van motoren".

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Documentation


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Leaflets and other documentation from our time in Belgium

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Belgium 1990s
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VISITS TO MERELBEKE IN 1990s


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In the 1990s, along came the internet. Jonathan put "Merelbeke" into a search engine to see what he would see, and stumbled across the website of Sint-Michielsschool. After writing a greeting in the guest book he received a reply from Guy van Heddegem, and a friendship developed which led to Jonathan visiting Merelbeke in 1998 and writing a song which was performed at the school's Eindejaarshow. He visited again the following year. Here are some pictures from those shows.... we hope to bring you some video clips in the future too. Photos mostly by Jonathan Hayles, captions by Guy van Heddegem.

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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/44268 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/44087 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke leaflet from 1975 2/4657 viewsGITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975Dec 05, 2017
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Cards at Number 31855 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried at his mother's in Moortsele907 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried's mother in Moortsele841 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried and Lydiane at Wilfried's mother's in Moortsele850 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 19781456 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa815 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Lydiane makes sure Wilfried is doing things properly816 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa807 viewsOct 27, 2014

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A great evening with our relatives from England and Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor544 views
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Carnival in Ghent 1974710 views
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Park Hotel headed notepaper625 viewsFrom the Park Hotel, Wilsonplein, Gent, 1974.
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Jonathan and Stephen423 viewsVerlorenbroodstraat 29 in 1976
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Maureen Hayles and Monique554 views
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GITO Merelbeke, 4e Elektriciteit 1977-781126 views4e elektriciteit, GITO, Merelbeke, schooljaar 1977-78. Van links naar rechts:
1e rij:M. Mortier (leeraar wiskunde), Rudy de Sutter, Bernard Ramue, Ronny Meersschaut (mijn makker v.d. Verlorenbroodstraat), Marnix de Bruyker, Jonathan Hayles, Pieter Rijkbosch, Pieter Jacob, Luc Eekhout.

2e rij: Christian Bekaert, Hans Verstichel, Christian Piens, Geert van Assche, Johan Piens, Luc van der Straeten, Wim de Schrijver.

3e rij: Ronny van Wesemael, Geert van Lancker, Dirk Trossaert, Patrick van Hecke, Yvan Courtijn, Ronny Henrickx.

Twee studenten waren afwezig: Pierre de Cooman en Jan (van?) Goedertier. Ik ben niet zeker of de bovenstaande namen allemaal juist geschreven zijn.

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Visitors to Number 31592 views
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa815 views
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Sledging on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.670 viewsUnknown Gentenaars.
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Belgian trams on Wilsonsplein760 viewsA view from the Park Hotel in 1974.
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A great evening with our relatives from England and Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor691 views
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Volvo colleagues648 viewsTwo of dad's colleagues from Volvo Europa in Ghent.